A fabulous rare Victorian sterling and enamel souvenir pin from New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration.
The antique pin has a wonderful hand painted enamel of a masked woman wearing a large hat and purple, green and gold cape-colors of the Mardi Gras*.
Very precisely executed, the painted enamel is in the shape of a shield framed with a finely detailed border and an American eagle at the top.
The pin is in excellent condition, no damage or wear, the enamel is very clean.
Measures 7/8" by 1&1/8", it has the old C clasp and pin stem that exceeds the length of the pin, a testament to its age.
Marked sterling on the back, there is the remnants of a watch hook that was removed.
A great piece of history, this is a rare Mardi Gras souvenir piece c1870s.
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*The official Mardi Gras colors were selected in 1872. The 1892 Rex Parade theme Symbolism of Colors gave meaning to the colors: purple represents justice; green, faith; and gold, power.